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By Thomas S. Bremer

Greater than 1000000 travelers stopover at spiritual landmarks in San Antonio, Texas, every year, gazing and infrequently partaking in spiritual actions there. The San Antonio Missions nationwide ancient Park--managed by means of the nationwide Park carrier, in cooperation with the Catholic Church--is one in every of enormous quantities of spiritual areas in the US and all over the world the place travelers became a well-recognized presence. In Blessed with travelers, Thomas S. Bremer explores the intersection of tourism and trade with faith in American, utilizing the missions and different San Antonio websites as best examples.Bremer recounts the background of San Antonio, from its local American roots to its improvement as a spiritual middle with the expansion of the Spanish colonial missions, to the fashionable transformation of San Antonio right into a vacationer vacation spot. utilising either ethnographic and historic ways, Bremer examines the thoughts of position, identification, aesthetics, and commercialization, demonstrating quite a few ways in which sleek industry forces impact spiritual groups. via making a choice on very important connections among non secular and touristic practices, Bremer establishes San Antonio as a particular resource for somebody looking to comprehend the interaction among the spiritual and the secular, the conventional and the trendy.

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He guards the building with a jealous care[,] it is indeed a pleasure to note in these days of the irrepressible relic hunter and wall scribbler. The visitor will be given in short the particulars of the foundation of the Mission and the church. A description will be given him of the desperate stand to the last man of Travis, Bowie (the inventor of the celebrated bowie knife), ‘‘Davy’’ Crockett, Bonham, and their companions, in defense of their countrymen’s liberties and the independence of Texas.

Latham, a newspaperman from Memphis, Tennessee, as he traveled in Texas in . He described his own first impressions of the city, which he viewed from a hilltop about a mile away: ‘‘The famous and sanguinary city of San Antonio de Bexar broke upon our view. ’’ 84 Harvey Alexander Adams also arrived in San Antonio in  as part of a military expedition. His first impressions of the town included the image of ‘‘the Rude edifices lifting their spires into the air, . . ’’ 85 A dozen years later, Robert Jemison found in San Antonio ‘‘many of the most beautiful Residences and Grounds’’ he had ever seen.

As long as visitors kept coming and remained willing to pay for a guided tour of the Alamo site, local folks were willing to oblige them. And the guides were happy to spice up their stories in response to tourists’ expectations. Visitors to the Alamo wanted all the details of the battle to be          ;  related in the most heroic terms, and their guides did not hesitate to give them the most harrowing tales of heroism, regardless of their veracity. Yet despite the questionable accuracy of the stories that Alamo guides of the nineteenth century rehearsed for tourist visitors, the tales corresponded to and subsequently corroborated the meaning of the Alamo as a symbol of Texan, and by extension American, identity.

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